Jen Frankel


Jen Frankel is the author of the “Blood and Magic” series about young heroine Maggie Stuart. The first two books in the series, The Last Rite and The Red Ring, deal with Maggie at ages 13 and 16 respectively. The third (and penultimate), Heaven and Hell, will feature Maggie at age 23, living in Montreal and still struggling with her powers. It's being published serially, with the first two installments available now in print.

Jen is also an avid screenwriter and an award-winning poet, as well as a great lover of fish, birds, cats, and all other living creatures. She even has a soft spot for human beings, provided they behave at least as well as their pets.

She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but you can count on her showing up all over North America (wherever there are comic book conventions) and online at

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making something up that never existed before. Tolstoy said something about how artists are those who get up in the morning believing something exists, but when they tell people about it, everyone looks at them like they're nuts. So they set about to make that thing so concrete that no one can ever doubt its existence again. THAT'S what I love about writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I write a book, edit it, hone it, publish it... well, I've only done half of the work. The other half happens when someone reads it. So fans mean everything: they're the ones who complete my writing. Without them, the story is never finished.
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Where to find Jen Frankel online

Twitter: @jenfrankel
Facebook: Facebook profile
Wattpad: JenFrankel

Where to buy in print


Jen Frankel Does... Writing
On the way to a comic book convention I was appearing at in Ottawa, I got talking to my voice memo function on the ever-useful cellphone... This is one way I work out the knottier problems in my writing, in this case for the new BLOOD & MAGIC novel, Heaven & Hell. Everyone has their techniques for getting the creative juices flowing: this is one of mine!

Undead Redhead: "Viral Video"
In my novel UNDEAD REDHEAD, soon-to-be Vegan zombie Sharon Backovic is involved in a wedding bouquet toss that gets violent, and deadly, and then goes viral! Here's the video itself... note the adorable puppy.


Leia of Earth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,410. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A spaceship on a desperate quest crashes on a farm in South-Central Ontario—and Leia Gregory embarks on the adventure of a lifetime that will take her to Mars, and beyond! With a special afterward by Andrew Rader, Ph.D (MIT)
Feral Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,780. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
A mysterious village, hidden forever from war. An Endless Forest, and the exhausted stage manager who dares its challenge. The psychic who‘ll read your fortune, but only on one day a year. A girl who changes the world around her into a nightmare. Feral Tales take you to places of horror and wonder, fantasy and danger. Are you ready for them? Because they can’t WAIT to meet YOU.
Undead Redhead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,310. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
You know things are bad when being dead is the BEST part of your day. Things have gone from rotten to, well, actually ROTTING for Sharon Backovic after her tragic wedding photo-related death. Now, she’s got no job, no phone, no place to live, and absolutely no idea of what a zombie who’s apparently STILL a Vegan should eat. . .
The Red Ring
Series: Blood & Magic, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 145,550. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Maggie Stuart, now 16, feels lost – her former friends ignore her, and magic, something that once came naturally, has deserted her entirely. But when she stops a dangerous occult ritual, it is the beginning of another baptism by fire for both her and the boys she once saved: Jason Lawson, Scott Saunders, and Aaron Scribner. And she discovers that the supernatural world has never been far away.
The Last Rite
Series: Blood & Magic, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 143,960. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This Will All Be Yours. . . What could be more enticing—or more terrifying— to a lonely thirteen-year-old than to be offered both companionship and limitless power? Kidnapped, imprisoned in an underground labyrinth, Maggie Stuart must decide if the ancient being known to her only as “The Burnt Man” is friend or foe, if this is a new home or a deadly trap.

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